Not currently on display at the V&A

Purse

1600-1699 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Purses are also associated with the lighter side of life in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, in particular with gambling and cards, which was enjoyed by both men and women. Gaming purses were specifically functional. Made with a circular, stiffened base, the gathered sides were formed from a narrow circle of cloth such as velvet, which released to form an open container for coins or gaming chips; many were mongrammed to ensure that takings were claimed by their rightful owners.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Embroidered velvet with metal thread, lined with silk
Brief description
Purse or gaming bag of embroidered velvet with metal thread, France, 1600-1699
Physical description
Green velvet tasselled drawstring purse or gaming bag, embroidered with gold and silver thread. Lined with gold coloured silk. On the bottom is a coronet and two shields of arms.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3in
  • Diameter: 4.25in
Summary
Purses are also associated with the lighter side of life in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, in particular with gambling and cards, which was enjoyed by both men and women. Gaming purses were specifically functional. Made with a circular, stiffened base, the gathered sides were formed from a narrow circle of cloth such as velvet, which released to form an open container for coins or gaming chips; many were mongrammed to ensure that takings were claimed by their rightful owners.
Collection
Accession number
4062-1856

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Record createdFebruary 25, 2003
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